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East Timorese schoolchildren learning Finnish?

In an effort to break with their colonial past, schools in East Timor are reportedly teaching first graders in Finnish. Although it has the hallmarks of an urban legend (e.g., the canard that the Timorese language Tetum has a “primitive grammar”), the Finnish press is reporting the story as fact and of course bloggers are picking it up. Finnish is ... Read More »

Prague, the novel

It takes place in Budapest but its characters, young North Americans playing the expat game in post-Cold War Hungary, all believe that life would be much cooler in Prague. Read More »